Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs has taken in many things during his 23-year stay at Old Trafford, but even he admits he's extremely excited at the prospect of Robin van Persie playing for the club.
As Sir Alex Ferguson's side prepare for their 2012-13 season opener against Everton at Goodison Park this evening, the Dutch striker is preparing to make his Red Devils debut, after completing his £24million move from Arsenal last week.
"Robin looks good," explained Giggs after Van Persie's early training sessions with his new team-mates. "You can see just from one training session the qualities he has, which we know all about anyway because of all the times we've played against him.
"He brought that lift to training that a top player brings and that all bodes well for us. The players are just like the fans in terms of talking about who we might sign and wondering which players might come in.
"It's always very exciting for us when we sign new players, because you know that whoever comes in will have a lot of quality and will improve the team."
The 38-year-old midfielder has played alongside star names like Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo at United, but puts Van Persie right up there with the best of the club's marquee signings.
"Van Persie's movement is so good and he's got a real presence. He's big and strong with a great left foot and he scores all types of goals – poacher-type goals, goals from long distance, free-kicks, penalties.
"He's just an all-round top player. And he's improved so much over the last few years as we've seen by his performances and his goals. He's a good guy and he's fitted in really quickly with the lads on and off the pitch.
"It's a good dressing room to come into. There's a good team spirit and the lads are always great at making a new player feel welcome."
The prospective partnership between Van Persie and Wayne Rooney in the United attack has already drawn comparisons to Ferguson's famous strike force of 1998-99, and Giggs is confident that the forward line will be similarly explosive.
"No matter what partnership the manager goes with up front, it looks mouth-watering," he added. "It's not just about the type of goals we know all the strikers can score, but the movement they have and their all-round play.
"Whoever the manager puts out there will do well, I'm sure. It's the manager's job to juggle all the players and pick the right systems for the right games.
"We all know that if you go on cup runs and Champions League runs, you need strength in depth in the squad because you're going to get injuries and suspensions and dips in form. So you need a big squad to compete at the top."
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